For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
From Isaac Watts through the Newsboys, countless writers have taken inspiration from this passage. One of the best songs from this verse is Dawn Thomas’s “I Am Not Ashamed,” popularized by Janet Paschal and by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:
There has been far less written from the rest of the chapter. But one of the most interesting examples comes from verses 14-15:
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
What does it mean to be a debtor to preach the Gospel? Clara Brooks pondered this question around a hundred years ago in her song “The Debt We Owe”:
The Savior hath given us freely Salvation and grace through His name, He bids us to publish His gospel, Its words to all creatures proclaim; We’re debtors to those who are dying, And never its power have known; Can we who so richly are favored Still leave them to perish alone?
Expository Songs from Romans 1
I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16-17) (1989) Bob Kauflin | Popularized by GLAD YouTube | Amazon
For I Am Not Ashamed – Romans 1:16 (Romans 1:16) (2010) Popularized by Buddy Davis YouTube | Amazon